Welcome Back, Gloria

Gloria is back in the classroom.  She has a new stool, which she loves.  She is close to the children and all the action.  She can look out of the windows when we’re on the playground.  Of course the children often bring the action to her.  Many times it’s books.  Book lovers (that would be the Aqua Roomers) want to share their books.

Brooke spontaneously decided to sing the book, “This Land is Your Land” to Gloria and two friends joined in.  I was lucky to capture 17 seconds.

Connor wanted to sign-in Gloria.  Every morning children sign-in when they arrive, writing their name on the easel.  Now that Gloria is here, she needs to be signed in, too.

Everyone has a sit-upon for Morning Meeting.  Now, Gloria has one, too.  She is happy to join us.

Do you see Gloria in the back row of the plane?  We’re learning about Africa, and children are flying in a plane to get there.  The navigator is pointing out directions on the Big Book Atlas.


Clearly, Gloria is thrilled to be back.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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71 Responses to Welcome Back, Gloria

  1. Ritu says:

    I love Gloria’s mask!

  2. tidalscribe says:

    Do the children manage to keep their masks on?

  3. What fun, Jennie. Isn’t it wonderful how much the children enjoy Gloria.

    • Jennie says:

      You would think after all these years I wouldn’t be surprised, but every year there is always something new and wonderful with her. I was worried about the masks this year, yet Gloria wearing a mask has become more of a bonding with children. Yes, it is wonderful, Robbie! Thank you.

  4. quiall says:

    And I am sure the children are thrilled to have her back amongst them.

  5. back where she belongs… in the middle of the learning and fun

  6. Carla says:

    Welcome back Gloria. I’m sure your friends are happy to see you.

  7. Darlene says:

    Gloria fits right in. She looks happy to be back even though many things are new and different.

    • Jennie says:

      She has been a trooper! And of course the children are like mother hens with her. Tomorrow she’s the ‘Helper of the Day’, so she has to do the calendar (which involves numbers and counting), and I foresee she is going to need help. 🙂

  8. Dan Antion says:

    It’s good to see Gloria back in the classroom!

  9. It is lovely to see Gloria back in the classroom, and all the kids. Lovely mask.

  10. beetleypete says:

    Welcome back, Gloria. Good to see you staying safe with your mask. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. paintdigi says:

    I am happy to discover your website and your publications 🌺🌿


  12. Wonderful place of honor for Gloria:)

  13. It’s great to see her back in the classroom, and everyone pulling her into all the activities.

    The kids singing was very cute! I’m still smiling. 🥰

  14. Oh, Jennie, this is so beautiful!

  15. Good to see Gloria back.

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    Ah, Gloria is back. All is right with the world in the Aqua Room.

  17. It looks like Gloria is settling in nicely! The plane trip to Africa looks like a lot of fun.

  18. What a wonderful statement! One can not believe how important Gloria’s work is.Now school is ready to start. :-)) As always great work, Jennie! Thank you for the news, and enjoy a wonderful weekend! Michael

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Gloria’s in the room and all’s right with the world.

  20. Gloria never fails to make me smile, Jennie. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing.

  21. I didn’t realize Gloria had been absent but then I guess I’ve missed a bit. It’s wonderful to see how the children respond to her. If only we didn’t lose that as adults, life would be so much sweeter. I make do by talking to animals and fully believe they understand. 😉 Children are so resilient. Hugs to you, Jennie.

  22. dgkaye says:

    Omg, just too precious, from the singing, to the signing in and Gloria part of the learning circle. ❤

  23. saddam hussain says:

    Beautiful story 🤭👌👌

  24. I think Gloria is the best! How many years has she been with you in the classroom?

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